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    nice architecture

    by mindcrime Updated Aug 26, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Hora is the capital of Andros with almost 2000 inhabitants. It’s very picturesque with nice neoclassical buildings that were built by rich ship owners some decades before. Most of the mansions were built during 20th century when shipping was at its high peak here when the island had nautical power so wealth could be seen in town.

    Of course this also an island of Cyclades complex so you no surprise there are the typical white houses with blue windows too (pic 4).

    The blue of the sea, the green of the trees, the pure white of the homes! I love them all!

    There is no need to hide anymore / I’m in Andros
    Andreas Embirikos (1901-1975), greek surrealist poet

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    A small island...

    by AndyRG Updated Jun 3, 2003

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    An island in an island...

    Favorite thing: The square of Afanis Naftis is connected by a stone bridge (13th century) with this small island. There, you can walk through the ruins of an old venetian castle, which was built by Marinos Dandolos.
    The castle was in a good condition until 1943, but that year it was bombed. Be careful when climbing on that bridge!

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    The Museum of Modern Art

    by AndyRG Updated Jun 3, 2003

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    Miro's exhibition

    Favorite thing: It is a "must" for everyone who is interested in arts. The museum is divided in two buildings, near the sea. It was founded by Vasilis and Elisa Goulandris. Inside it, there is a permanent collection of the sculptor Michalis Tombros (1889-1974), who comes from the island. You can also see important temporary exhibitions.
    The year I had been there (2002), the "guest of honour" was Miro, my favorite painter. The exhibition about him was really great, you could admire more than 100 paintings, sculptures, drawings and textiles of him. Unfortunately, it was forbidden to take any pictures (I was unlucky again with them, see my tip about the Miro Foundation in Barcelona).
    Joan, I want a third rendezvous with you!
    Also, you can visit the "Petrou and Marika Kidonieos Foundation", other important art exhibitions are held there every summer. That time, Greek painters Fasianos, Stefanou and Sperantzas presented their excellent work.

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    Agios (Saint) Georgios

    by AndyRG Updated Dec 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: It is not the biggest church of Hora, but maybe the nicest. Agios Georgios is near the Nautical Museum. The colours, white and blue, are the typical ones for any kind of building at the cycladic islands. They are the colours of Greece...

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    The Archaeological Museum

    by AndyRG Updated Dec 24, 2002

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    Hermes

    Favorite thing: Hermes of Andros is a hellenistic copy (2th c. BC) of the original statue -4th century BC- made by the sculptor Praxiteles.
    The museum contains finds from excavations on the island, mainly from Zagora and Palaiopoli. It was erected in Hora at the expense of the "Vasilis and Elisa Goulandris Foundation" and has been open to the public since 1981.

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    Kairis square

    by AndyRG Updated Dec 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: This square is the end of the only-pedestrian street, which starts from the parking area. It is next to the Archaeological Museum and very near to the Museum of Modern Art.
    You can see there the statue of Theofilos Kairis (1784-1853), who was a philosopher and a fighter - during the war for independence against the Turks, between 1821-1828. Kairis Library is situated on the other side of the street.

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    The Town Hall

    by AndyRG Updated Dec 17, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The Town Hall is in front of Girokomiou square, near the parking area, where you can also see the hospital of the island. Andros has 2.000 inhabitants, its atmosphere is elitistic and that happens because of its cultural character and the prestige of the rich localite ship-owners.

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    Paraporti

    by AndyRG Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: It is the beach south of Hora, next to the last houses of it. The river, which slopes into the sea, the ducks, the sun, all of them create a nice image, don't they? North of the town, you can swim at Niborio, a longer beach.

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    The statue of Afanis Naftis (Unknown Sailor)

    by AndyRG Written Nov 14, 2002

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    Favorite thing: It is situated next to the Nautical Museum, at the synonymous square. This bronze statue of an unknown sailor was created by Michalis Tombros, the famous sculptor of Andros. It is a dedication to all those who died in the sea...

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    Andreas Embeirikos

    by AndyRG Written Nov 13, 2002

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    Favorite thing: At the same square, there is the bust of this spiritual personality of Andros. Andreas Embeirikos (1901-1975), a great poet and psychiatrist, was the main representative of surrealism in Greece (together with the poet, and painter, Nikos Engonopoulos).

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    Panagia Thalassini

    by AndyRG Updated Jun 3, 2003

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    Favorite thing: It is a small church on a rock, which is almost in the sea. Panagia Thalassini (Virgin Mary of the Sea) protects the sailors of the island...

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    Not exactly hidden...

    by AndyRG Updated Jun 3, 2003

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    Nice view, eh?

    Favorite thing: At this small island, you can be inside old rooms and have such a view of the nearby lighthouse...
    Or would you prefer swimming?

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    The Nautical Museum

    by AndyRG Updated Dec 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The museum is situated at Afanis Naftis square, next to the sea. There is an extensive collection of models of ships and items relevant to the popular naval tradition of Andros.

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